Community Intelligence Brief: July 27, 2022

July 27, 2022

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Russia Moves to Shut Jewish Agency in Ukraine Rift

Russia's justice ministry has gone to court in a bid to shut down the Russian branch of the Jewish Agency, which organizes Jewish immigration to Israel. Israel's diaspora affairs minister, Nachman Shai, condemned the court case, seeing it as punishment for Israel's stance on the Ukraine war.

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Hundreds March Through Warsaw to Mark 80 Years Since Nazis Liquidated Jewish Ghetto

Hundreds marched on Friday to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the mass deportation of Jews from the Warsaw ghetto in 1942. Over three months, 260,000 deportees were deported to the Treblinka death camp and murdered.

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Restaurant That Made Antisemitic Anne Frank Joke About Weather Apologizes

A restaurant in Rhode Island has issued an apology following backlash to an offensive meme featuring a photo of Anne Frank it posted on social media. The post was deleted after people and organizations accused the restaurant of antisemitism and making light of the Holocaust.

"The increased use of Anne Frank to make comparisons and memes is incredibly disturbing, offensive and an affront to the memory of every child whose life was cut short in the Holocaust," FSWC stated online. "Such displays of ignorance must be countered with Holocaust education."

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UN Official: Social Media Largely Controlled by Jewish Lobby, NGOs

One of the three members of the “UN Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in Israel” accused the "Jewish lobby" of controlling social media and said the Commission of Inquiry will “tackle this issue of how far you can take antisemitism.”

"It's been made abundantly clear that obsessive anti-Israel bias is driving this UN Human Rights Council Commission of Inquiry. Now, one of its members is spreading antisemitic tropes," FSWC said in an online post. "Canada and other nations must speak out and put an end to this illegitimate inquiry."

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There Is a Lot of Antisemitic Hate Speech on Social Media – and Algorithms Are Partly to Blame

Two scholars who co-edited the 2022 book Antisemitism on Social Media discuss what antisemitism on social media looks like and how it's being fueled by algorithms. "To combat antisemitism on social media, strategies need to be evidence based," they state. "But neither social media companies nor researchers have devoted enough time and resources to this issue so far."

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A French University Confronts Medical Crimes and Its Nazi Past

From 1941 to 1944, professors on the medical faculty at Reichsuniversität Strassburg, today's University of Strasbourg in the Alsace region in France, forced at least 250 people from concentration or death camps to undergo experiments. The refusal to confront the past is being challenged, with the release of a 500-page report in which the university confirms the medical crimes committed by professors and that the school had worked closely with a nearby concentration camp.

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Nazi Flags Displayed Outside Conservative Summit Condemned as 'Pure Hatred'

Protesters gathered outside the Tampa Convention Center with Nazi flags, swastikas, the SS logo, and antisemitic caricatures of Jews, while the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit was taking place in Tampa, Florida. The Florida Holocaust Museum condemned it as an "indefensible act of pure hatred."

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Report Antisemitism and News of Concern to FSWC

If you would like to report antisemitism or news of concern to Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center, please email jaime@fswc.ca.

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